The native vegetation of the Sydney metropolitan area

A new set of vegetation maps and reports for the Sydney metropolitan area have been completed. This completely updates and revises the draft mapping for the area undertaken with the Sydney Metropolitan Catchment Management Authority in 2009. This set of products provides comprehensive coverage of all land tenures across 39 local government areas of the eastern Sydney area.

A two volume report details the vegetation mapping methods, the vegetation types and their relationships to threatened ecological communities (TECs) listed under the NSW Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 and/or Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

There are 79 vegetation types identified. Each has a detailed profile provided in the reports, describing the floristic composition and conservation status along with technical data to assist with identifying the community in the field.

Map coverage is provided by a digital data file suitable for use in geographic information systems (GIS) and by 23 pdf format A0 maps presented at a scale of 1:15,000.

Reports, data and maps to download

The reports, GIS data and pdf maps can be downloaded from the OEH VIS (Vegetation Information System) Map Catalogue. Click on 'Download maps' and then use the VIS catalogue number 3817 in the keyword search. Any questions regarding the data please contact


The report is in two parts:

  • The Native Vegetation of the Sydney Metropolitan Area. Volume 1: Technical Report (Version 2.0)
  • The Native Vegetation of the Sydney Metropolitan Area. Volume 2: Vegetation Community Profiles (Version 2.0)
Page last updated: 29 January 2014